President Sarah Lantz welcomed 13 members of the Priscilla Book Club to the home of Peggy Lafferty on Wednesday Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. A dessert course of pumpkin pie, cheese straws and coffee was served.
During sharing time, Doris Little told of how she discovered the book The Sandburg Connection â€” a Sam Blackmon Mystery â€” while eating at Lonellaâ€™s Barbeque in Asheville. Mrs. Little encouraged the Club to read this intriguing book. Hazel Andrews enjoyed reading Killing Lincoln by Bill Oâ€™Reilly and Martin Dugard. Kay and Ken Marks liked the movie The Help.
Peggy Lafferty invited everyone to the Christmas Open House of handmade pottery by Rosemary Leonard and herself 5-8 p.m. Nov. 18 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 19 at John Lafferyâ€™s office, 212 East Main St.
For her literary moment, President Lantz highlighted the childrenâ€™s book The Very First Thanksgiving Day by Rhonda Greene and illustrated by Susan Graber. Of the 102 Pilgrims, only 53 survived the horrific winter.
In autumn to celebrate the first harvest, the Pilgrims held a feast which lasted a week. In 1863 Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving.
New business involved the annual donations to Christian Ministry and the Good Neighbor Shop to be collected at the December meeting.
Program leader Becky Burke discussed the book dear to her heart Plenty More in the Pot â€” Life Story of Nancy and Udean Burke â€” Founders of Christian Tours by Udean Burke and writer Bob Terrell.
The book is a story of the trials and hardships of growing up during the depression, and how Udean and wife Nancy founded Christian Tours and built it into the Southeastâ€™s largest motor coach tour business. Woven throughout the book are humorous episodes of Udean and brother Charles, now deceased. Other siblings include sister Becky and brother Rhondel.
The title refers to his mother, Pinkie Turbyfill Burke, who fed many preachers as well as others. The preachers loved to come home with the Burkes because Pinkie â€œalways has plenty more in the potâ€ as they would say.
Before getting into the tour business, Udean served as minister of music in Baptist churches in North Carolina. Early in his music career, he was minister of music at Lincoln Avenue Baptist Church. Always enjoying traveling, Udean and Nancy took sixty-seven friends to Hawaii and on a tour with Wilcox Tours of Asheville.
Subsequently the idea was born of getting the same kind of people to go on a motor coach tour. Nancy and Udean struggled to get where they are today, but they worked hard, and the rest is history. Presently Christian Tours owns 43 Prevost motor coaches at $560,000 each.
President Lantz thanked Becky Burke for the interesting and enjoyable program that we can all identify with, and she thanked the hostess for the delicious refreshments.
In closing, President Lantz read the Thanksgiving poem, â€œOver the River and Through the Woodâ€ by Linda Maria Child.
Sara Miller will be hostess for the Dec. 7 meeting at the home of Rose Mary Ball, who will give the program.
Pilot Club news
The Pilot Club of Lincolnton held its monthly meeting on October 17 at the Lincolnton Campus of Gaston College.Â President Carolyn Jones called the meeting to order and welcomed the members and special guests.Â These guests included the North Lincoln Anchor club members and their advisor, Melissa Dellinger.Â Â Chaplain Cindy Shepherd presented an inspirational thought for the day and gave the invocation.
The North Lincoln Anchor Club is a high school service club that is a â€œsister â€œclub to the Pilots.Â Their advisor, Melissa Dellinger, presided over the installation of the 2011-2012 Officers.Â President is Sarah Clarke, President-Elect â€“ Chris Boyle, Minutes Secretary â€“ Courtney Hilburn, Community Service Secretary â€“ Christina Fea, Treasurer â€“ Nicole Pehl, and Publicity Chairs â€“ Jessica Brittain, Jordan Brittain, and Sharla Sugerski.Â The Anchors are a very active club and shared with the Pilots some of their projects.Â These include helping with a soup kitchen sponsored by Cornerstone Christian Church, volunteering at the library and the backpack program.Â They assist with Toys for Tots by each of the 65 Anchors bringing a $10 toy and placing collection boxes at North Lincoln for other students to participate.Â Last year over 200 toys were collected for the children. Also, each year they assist Rock Springs School with their Halloween party.Â The Anchors also sponsor two students from the Angel Tree at North Lincoln.
The Pilots and Anchors hope to participate in an Alzheimerâ€™s Memory Walk in March or April of 2012.Â Cindy Shepherd, Director of Carillon Assisted Living in Lincolnton, will be coordinating this event with the local Alzheimerâ€™s Chapter.
Pilot International is an innovative volunteer service organization with approximately 10,000 members in 5 countries.Â Pilot members take an active part in making communities a better place to live. The service focus of Pilot International is brain-related disorders, such as Alzheimerâ€™s disease, chemical dependency, traumatic brain injuries, developmental, emotional, and mental disabilities.